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Raymond Workman

Raymond Workman
Induction Year: 
1956
Number of Mounts: 
5,844
Number of Winners: 
1,169
Winning Percentage: 
20.00%

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   Raymond "Sonny" Workman began his riding career at age 17 in Ohio. He won 20% of his races from 1926 through 1940.

   Workman soon moved his tack to New York where he quickly drew the attention of major owners. While still in his teens he signed a contract with Harry Payne Whitney and later rode for C.V. Whitney and Alfred Vanderbilt.

   In his second year of racing Sonny Workman won with 24% of his mounts. Three years later he was the nation's leading rider. His best season came in 1930 when he won with 27% of his mounts. Workman considered Equipoise his best mount and believed that his best riding performance was in the 1930 Pimlico Futurity. In this race Equipoise broke sideways at the start, lost two shoes on the muddy track, but made up ground to defeat Twenty Grand and Mate.

    Sonny Workman was the nation's leading rider for four seasons. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1956.

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